A man armed with an ax and a spray used to repel bears attacked worshipers at a mosque in Canada on Saturday, but no one was seriously injured, police said.
The 24-year-old entered the mosque in the city of Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, and sprayed people before being subdued by members of the congregation until police arrived and arrested him.
Several members of the congregation suffered minor injuries from the bear spray.
At this point, investigators believe the incident was an isolated act and are considering hatred as a possible motive, police said in a statement.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posted a tweet condemning the attack as “incredibly disturbing”.
“I strongly condemn this violence – which has no place in Canada – and I keep the community in my mind today,” Trudeau wrote.
The attack on congregants at the Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Center is incredibly disturbing. I strongly condemn this violence – which has no place in Canada – and I keep the community in my mind today. I also want to applaud the courage of those who were there this morning.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 19, 2022
Other public figures joined the chorus of condemnation, including the mayor of Toronto and the provincial premier of Ontario.
The mosque’s imam, Ibrahim Hindy, praised the courage of the worshipers who subdued the attacker.
“Our community will never be broken and we refuse to be intimidated,” he tweeted.
In June, a man in a pickup truck in Ontario deliberately hit a Canadian family of Pakistani descent, killing four people.
According to the police, there was Islamophobia.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by DailyExpertNews staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.)